Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier,Aero Contractors Airlines, has announced the suspension of its scheduled services beginning from Thursday September 1, 2016. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the carrier’s management on Wednesday. The airline said, “The impact of the external environment has been very harsh on our operational performance, hence management decision to suspend scheduled services operations indefinitely effective September 1, 2016, pending when the external opportunities and a robust sustainable and viable plan is in place for Aero Contractors to recommence its scheduled services.
“The implication of the suspension of scheduled services operations extends to all staffs directly and indirectly involved in providing services as they are effectively to proceed on indefinite leave of absence during the period of non-services. We are aware of the impact this will have on our staff and our highly esteemed customers, hence we have initiated moves to ensure that we are able to return back to operations within the shortest possible time, offering reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline is known for.” This decision has unfolded six months after the Asset Management Company of Nigeria took over the management of Aero Contractors and dissolved the board of the company. AMCON thereafter appointed a manager to run the affairs of the company in interim capacity.